Here is a map of Braithwaite; the cottage is in the top half of the red circle. If you want to see where Braithwaite is in relation to the rest of the Lakes, just click on the minus (zoom out) sign on the left of the map.

Braithwaite is a friendly place, offering a wide variety of amenities for visitors. The village shop provides most of the things needed over a holiday. You can order a newspaper, if you wish. Ice creams at the end of a long walk are a popular option. Hours are 0800-1730, Monday to Saturday, and Sunday morning. To get to the shop, turn right along the beck-side path, keep going left and the shop is by the (next) bridge across the beck. About 200 yards.

This is the view from the shop, in the spring. The cottages are hidden behind the house on the far left.

During the high season (Easter to the end of October) you can use the village's other shop, which is attached to the camp site 200 yards past the Royal Oak. Here is a view from the (empty) camp site:

Braithwaite has two pub/hotels, one hotel where you can eat, a restaurant and a café, all within 400 yards.

  • The pub/hotels are the Coledale Inn: turn left out of the cottage, and left again up the hill (you can see the Coledale above you after a few yards); and the Royal Oak, which you pass on the main road when you arrive. Both the Royal Oak and the Coledale offer good pub grub, and the Coledale welcomes dogs.

  • You can also eat and drink at the Middle Ruddings hotel: turn left at the Royal Oak, pass the local school, and keep going left for about 200 yards. Dogs are welcome.

  • The restaurant is the Ivy House, the dark green building this side of the Royal Oak. Good meals at a reasonable price.

  • The café is part of the camp site, 200 yards past the Royal Oak on the right.

This is the view from the road near the Royal Oak:

The village has two churches, one CoE, opposite the Royal Oak, and the other Methodist, a few yards up the Coledale road. There is also an Anglican church at Thornthwaite, our neighbour village two miles to the north. Keswick has many churches, including a Roman Catholic one.

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© P. G. R. Rigg 07/04/2004